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Has anyone seen anything like this ?
Lens: DFA 150-450 Camera: K-3II Photo Location: Lancaster 
Posted By: pichaser, 12-04-2019, 03:38 PM

A male mountain bluebird seemingly typical except for the extra embellishment . It doesn't look like plumage . This species is not common here but yesterday there were six of them together .

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12-04-2019, 04:38 PM   #2
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Parasite?
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Perhaps this could be a parasite . Thanks for raising that possibility .
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Looks like a piece of wire sticking out. Strange.

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Looks like it could be vegetable matter - something with an awn that has caught in the feathers or skin .
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QuoteOriginally posted by swip Quote
Looks like a piece of wire sticking out. Strange.
We considered wire as possible but several photos at different angles lead me to believe the object be rigid but nonmetallic . Thanks for commenting though .
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It is really odd. And it looks painful.
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yup; at first I thought, "sure, we got bluebirds in West Virginia and Virginia". Then I saw the artifact.
It looks like an injury to me; and whether wire or stick, it's gotta hurt. biggest risk to the bird is infection.

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Nice looking bird. I also think that it could be vegetable matter as PJ1 said.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bertrand3000 Quote
It is really odd. And it looks painful.
This bird did a typical hover move several times which shows capability but I have not observed this species very much .
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